Btw the WCF has this statement….. Chapter 1 VI. The whole counsel of Godconcerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.
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Does God talk directly to people?
I’ve been asked a question about whether I think there is legitimate extra-biblical revelation today. I always answer this the same way, and that is that God can do anything He wants, anytime He wants, and any way He wants. God can reveal Himself directly, propositionally, to any person that He wants. In, fact there’s lots of evidence it’s happened. Many have a bona fide, veridical, truthful experience in which God communicated something to them that the circumstances actually bore out.
It’s no mystery, if you follow missions, that in the Muslim world there are thousands of people, it appears, coming to Christ because of special revelation given to them in visions and dreams. It does seem that God is working outside of the Bible. My concern is the point of view that is teaching that every person can expect, as a matter of course, to get special revelation from God.
This is often known as hearing the voice of God. There are other practices that people engage in that allow them to allegedly get direct information from God. Listening prayer would be another example. I do have a deep concern about that.
Though God can do anything He wants, and He does, we can’t teach anything we want. What we teach Christians to expect ought to be what the Bible itself teaches Christians to expect. There is no teaching in the New Testament or anywhere else that the follower Jesus Christ can expect to receive ongoing revelations as a matter of course, or as some person put it, having a conversational relationship with God. In this case, that we converse with God, and He converses back with us.
Very appealing, understandably, but in my view, definitely not biblical. That is, the Bible does not teach that we can each expect to receive, as a matter of standard Christian living, regular revelations from God where we talk to Him, and then we listen to hear His voice, and He talks to us. It’s just not in there.